Haworth, Inc., which designs and manufactures workspaces and office furniture, recently opened its New York City showroom on the second floor of 125 Park Avenue, adjacent to Grand Central Station on 42nd Street. Since 2004, Haworth has designed its showrooms- in Dallas, Washington, and Santa Monica- pursuant to the LEED for Commercial Interiors (“LEED-CI”) rating system, and its 31,000-square-foot Manhattan space will be no different. (Also check out recent news about its LEED Gold showroom in Calgary).
With a project team that includes Perkins +Will | Eva Maddox Branded Environments and Turner Construction, Haworth is seeking a Gold rating for the space under LEED-CI, and would join a number of other spaces in Manhattan that have already earned the designation; see gbNYC’s LEED-CI archive for details on these projects.
Originally designed by York & Sawyer, 125 Park itself dates from 1923, and Haworth occupies a floor that previously belonged to the Manhattan Satellite Airline Terminal. The showroom will cater to Midtown’s predominantly corporate and law firm tenants, but feature the moveable walls, raised access floors, and modular Haworth furniture that is standard in all of its showrooms.
The space also offers a global seating gallery (featuring Haworth’s different types of seating options and configurations) and a wood salon with both a number of viewing chambers and lighting options and presentations regarding Haworth’s attitudes towards sustainable foresting. The showroom also includes a sustainability lab with information on the LEED system, radiant flooring and underfloor system demonstrations, and other demonstrations of Haworth’s sustainable products. The space is a welcome green addition to Midtown, and should be a significant resource for New York City’s green industry throughout 2008.
- Haworth Opens NYC Showroom (Design News)
- Haworth Showroom Striving for Gold (Interior Design)
- LEED-CI Archive (gbNYC)